Music plays a central and integral role in the worship of the Orthodox Church. Those who offer their talent and time to this most important ministry and service to their church play an essential role in enhancing the beauty of our liturgical worship. At our parish of the Nativity of Christ we encourage congregational participation, which is led and enhanced by our Choir. The Choir welcomes new members who are interested in learning our liturgical music, and serving the church in this most important way.
An import role in support of the choirs of our churches is the played by the National Forum of Church Musicians. The National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians is the Archdiocesan ministry responsible for liturgical music activities and the development, support, and recognition of church musicians. Chartered in 1976 as an official auxiliary of the Archdiocese, the National Forum serves as the liaison among local church musicians, diocesan church music federations, and the Archdiocese. It also serves as the gathering place for church musicians to discuss issues related to liturgical music and to formulate needed responses.
The National Forum has four major areas of focus Support for Choirs, providing resources and activities to improve the quality of choirs and the availability of choral music in the church:
Support for CHOIRS, providing resources and activities to improve the quality of choirs and the availability of choral music in the church
Support for CHANTERS and the preservation of BYZANTINE CHANT
Support for YOUTH CHURCH MUSIC PROGRAMS, including hymnology and junior choirs
Support for CLERGY, including parish music ministries, and support for clergy
For more information on the National Forum visit http://churchmusic.goarch.org/